BOSTON — Kristaps Porzingis scored 31 factors, Derrick White scored 12 of his 21 factors within the fourth quarter and the Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 125-117 within the NBA on Wednesday night time.
Jayson Tatum completed with 20 factors, 9 rebounds and 7 assists because the Celtics improved to 24-3 at dwelling and gained their seventh straight over the Hawks. Al Horford added 14 factors with eight rebounds and eight assists and Jaylen Brown completed with 15 factors.
“Once we’re enjoying like that and we’re transferring it like that, I simply assume that places us in a distinct dimension offensively,” Horford mentioned. “We now have so many weapons on the market that it turns into very powerful to defend us.”
Brown was the one Boston starter to not hit a 3-pointer because the Celtics went 17 for 49 from past the arc, making 9 of 16 within the fourth quarter to place away the pesky Hawks.
Saddiq Bey led Atlanta with 25 factors. Trae Younger had 20 factors and 10 assists and Jalen Johnson and Onyeka Okongwu added 19 factors apiece for the Hawks. Johnson had 15 rebounds and Atlanta completed with a 49-45 rebounding benefit and had solely 9 turnovers to Boston’s 14, however couldn’t overcome the Celtics’ capturing 52.7% (49-93) from the ground.
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“While you shoot then you definitely’re going to need to make some photographs in opposition to a workforce that shoots it in addition to Boston does,” Atlanta coach Quin Snyder mentioned.
Atlanta had gained 4 straight earlier than the streak ended Sunday night time with a 149-144 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Hawks stayed inside seven factors by way of the primary three quarters however didn’t have sufficient to beat a surge by the Celtics early within the fourth quarter.
Atlanta additionally struggled from exterior, making simply 4 of 17 3-pointers within the second half.
“I assumed the appears we had from three have been clear. The ball simply didn’t accommodate us,” Snyder mentioned.
Though the Hawks rallied to drag inside 5 within the ultimate minute, it was too late to complete a comeback.
“I assumed the way in which we performed the sport tonight was form of how I like our strategy to be,” Boston coach Joe Mazzulla mentioned. “We by no means wished for it to be over. We by no means wished for issues to be slightly bit simpler. We simply performed the sport and continued to chip away at it and assume that’s the house that we’ve to stay in.”
White made three 3-pointers within the first 4 minutes of the fourth quarter and went 4 for five from lengthy vary within the interval. His third 3-pointer of the quarter pushed the result in 109-98 — Boston’s largest of the sport — with 8:01 left to play. He added one other from exterior as Boston stretched the result in 13.
“I felt like after we actually wanted to separate, we did that. We received some key stops after which our guys hit some large photographs,” Horford mentioned.
Brown returned after lacking Sunday’s sport with a again harm however the Celtics have been with out Jrue Vacation, who was out with a sprained proper elbow.
Hawks heart Clint Capela sat out his second straight sport with a muscle pressure in his left hip.
Hawks: At Philadelphia on Friday night time.
Celtics: Host Washington on Friday night time.